Summary of Learning by Doing by Richard DuFour

Learning by Doing is a handbook for implementing professional learning communities (PLCs) in schools. It is written by Richard DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Thomas W. Many, and Mike Mattos, and is the third edition of a popular book on the topic.

The book begins by defining a PLC as “a group of educators who are committed to working together to improve student learning.” It then goes on to discuss the four essential components of a PLC:

  1. Shared vision: All members of the PLC must share a common vision for student learning.
  2. Collaborative culture: PLCs must be built on a foundation of collaboration, trust, and mutual respect.
  3. Collective responsibility: All members of the PLC must be held accountable for the success of all students.
  4. Focus on results: PLCs must be constantly focused on improving student achievement.

The book then provides a step-by-step guide for implementing PLCs in schools. This guide includes:

  • How to establish a shared vision for student learning
  • How to create a collaborative culture
  • How to develop common formative assessments
  • How to implement systematic interventions
  • How to monitor student progress and make adjustments as needed

The book also includes a number of resources to help schools implement PLCs, such as sample agendas, tools, and templates.

Review of Learning by Doing

Learning by Doing is a well-written and comprehensive handbook for implementing PLCs in schools. It is clear, concise, and easy to follow. The book is also packed with practical advice and resources.

One of the things that sets Learning by Doing apart from other books on PLCs is its focus on results. The book emphasizes the importance of using data to drive decision-making and to monitor student progress. This is an important focus, as it ensures that PLCs are staying on track and making progress towards their goals.

Another strength of Learning by Doing is its focus on implementation. The book provides a step-by-step guide for implementing PLCs in schools. This guide is realistic and achievable, and it includes a number of practical resources to help schools along the way.

Overall, Learning by Doing is an excellent resource for schools that are looking to implement PLCs. It is a well-written, comprehensive, and practical book that is focused on results.


I highly recommend Learning by Doing to any school or district that is interested in implementing PLCs. It is an excellent resource that will help schools to create a collaborative culture, develop common formative assessments, implement systematic interventions, and monitor student progress.